Lowell Business Woman and City Council Member Franky D. Descoteaux is on "City Life" as I type and is talking about breaking the cycle of teenage pregnancy and poverty by having a system that better coordinates individual as they are moved from one silo to another, each silo taking care of one particular aspect of this individuals problem. As she notes, a pregnant teeenager in poverty, if she has a daughter, is likely to see that daughter pregnant and in poverty a few years into the future.
Councilwoman Franky Descoteaux acknowledges that there will always be poverty. But, she cites as an example of success the Harlem Children's Zone program, which works to try and break the cycle of poverty and help more children, as they grow up, move up and out of poverty. Break the cycle and avoid having to pay different governmental bills later on, as those children grow into adulthood.
Ms Descoteaux is right to be asking about how we can move from a silo like approach and move on to a more "whole of person" approach. Notwithstanding Host George Anthes' skepticism about the possibility of progress, these questions need to be asked again and again, until the walls come tumbling down. I am glad to see Ms Descoteaux asking those questions and I hope she keeps it up, until some of those walls crack and then fall.
Regards — Cliff
10 months ago